Archive for August 2019

Message from the Board Chair

This week, I have been at a NeighborWorks America National Training Institute in NewOrleans, LA. The courses I took remind me that NeighborWorks builds community, not just housing. Not only do we help people acquire safe and affordable housing, but we also help our neighbors in other ways. This newsletter highlights some of our community-building…

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Uber Successful

Ed Uber has spent years volunteering to provide free tax preparation services to Wacoans. For his dedication and service, he was honored at NeighborWorks Waco’s 25th annual meeting (pictured below). He sent the following letter to NeighborWorks Waco staff to detail his experiences during the 2019 tax season: It has been another very successful year…

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Beginning Belmont Village

Several years ago NeighborWorks Waco purchased a 9-acre tract of land in South Waco at the end of Belmont Street. We have waited for just the right time to develop this property, and now the perfect opportunity has arrived. NeighborWorks Waco, along with two for-profit partners, will develop this property into a neighborhood of 27…

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Kirby Your Enthusiasm

The Kirbys, a young family, are the most recent addition to the growing and diverse community of Legacy Square! Meeting with them shortly after they moved into their new home, they expressed their excitement. Things move fast for families moving into their first home, and we understand that better than most. For NeighborWorks Waco, things…

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A Stable Future for Stable Housing

Recent Census data shows that Waco has a homeownership rate of about 46%. Compare that to the homeownership rate of Texas, at about 60%, or the nation (64%), and it becomes clear that there is still work left to do. Though NeighborWorks Waco has spent the past 25 years striving to help families in the…

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Investing in the Future

NeighborWorks Waco’s board member, George Springer is passionate about seeing Waco families get into safe, stable and affordable housing. He has dedicated a lot of his time and energy to the leadership of NeighborWorks Waco. He has been instrumental in our organizational push toward 100% sustainability. As of summer 2019, NeighborWorks Waco is approximately 70%…

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Executive Insights

For the past year, we have been a participant in NeighborWorks America’s Strategic Business Initiative (SBI). This initiative strives to demonstrate how we, as local community development organizations, can become much more impactful in our operations as we serve the constituents in our local communities. This initiative is multi-faceted and includes receiving the buy-in from…

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Painting the Town

Over the years, Waco’s reputation has been linked to various notable scenes, some more positive than others. Cultural phenomena are not new, to Waco, however, and the new South Waco Mural tells some of those stories. Located at the corner of 11th and Webster, this masterpiece beautifully captures the essence of Waco. Doreen Ravenscroft, President…

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Retreat from Board-om

One of the biggest challenges about working with NeighborWorks Waco is trying to contain the excitement that arises as a direct result of the incredible organizational leadership. This summer has been particularly exciting, as our Board of Directors and staff just completed a retreat. Having successfully served the community for 25 years, we know the…

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